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Ontario Introducing Free Wi-Fi on GO Transit in 2020; Future of HSR Wi-Fi

Today, it was announced that free Wi-Fi is coming to GO buses and trains next year.

Metrolinx has signed an agreement with Icomera Canada Inc. to connect all 1,475 GO buses and trains to Wi-Fi beginning in 2020.

Beginning spring 2020, commuters on a GO bus or train will be able to stay connected with their mobile devices with a free, reliable, high-quality, wireless internet connection.

“More and more people depend on their phones to be able to work, study and keep in touch with friends and family during their daily commute,” said MPP Gill. “Bringing Wi-Fi to GO trains and buses will make traveling by GO a better, more convenient experience for people in Milton.”

Construction update – Confederation GO Station

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With about two months to go before the new Confederation GO Station opens to buses, construction progress at the site is well under way.

Starting November 2nd, the GO bus route 12 stop currently located at Barton Street and Nash Road will move into the bus loop on the north side of the Confederation station site, off Goderich Road. Approximately 60 parking spaces will be available and are already completed. The bus loop has also been completed with three bus platforms as well as room for additional buses to stop.

The enclosed waiting area beside the bus platforms has been constructed and a bike parking structure is in progress.

While Metrolinx’s President and CEO Phil Verster stated that by the end of 2019 local bus service would also serve the new GO station, it’s not known what capacity the HSR will service the new GO station.

Bell Manor to close for Reconstruction

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While nothing is listed online yet, notices have gone up at Bell Manor Loop in East Hamilton advising customers that Bell Manor Loop will close in late August for reconstruction.

The notice (pictured below) list the construction dates as “Late August to mid-September.”

* UPDATE The detour notice was posted this afternoon. Closure will take place Friday, August 23rd, at 7:00am to Friday, September 27th, 2019 at approximately 7:00pm.

GO Buses will start servicing Confederation station this November

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With the announcement of a market-driven approach to delivering new infrastructure across the GO Transit network, Metrolinx has decided to scale back the plans for the development of Confederation GO station. For the time being, they are giving priority to getting more service to West Harbour, which is ready to receive more customers and underutilized.

Starting November 2nd however, the GO bus route 12 stop currently located at Barton Street and Nash Road will move into the bus loop on the north side of the Confederation station site, off Goderich Road. Approximately 60 parking spaces will be available.

10 B-LINE EXPRESS gets extended; Saturday service starting September 1st

There are some pretty solid service changes coming in September to the HSR in Hamilton. The most notable of a change is to route 10 B-LINE EXPRESS, the East-West express bus that operates between the Eastgate Transit Terminal and University Plaza in Dundas. The route has added service on Saturdays and service on weekdays has been extended by three hours, ending at 10:00pm instead of 7:00pm.

Route 44 RYMAL will get extended north to the Walmart Plaza just south of the QEW every day of the week while 56 CENTENNIAL will return to operating on weekends only in the area. 18 WATERDOWN will also see a short extension to Plains Road in Burlinton to make up for the removal of Burlington Transit’s 1 PLAINS bus from the Aldershot GO Station.

Here is a summary of the changes coming in September.

Operator Maurice Powell celebrates 50 years with HSR

Monday, August 19th, 2019 marks a significant day for Transit. 50 years ago, Operator Maurice Powell joined the HSR – making him the first transit operator, and only second employee in the history of the City of Hamilton to reach this milestone!

Joined by staff, family and friends, Hamilton City Council recognized Maurice at the start of their Council meeting this morning.

Maurice has been driving routes 27 UPPER JAMES and 35 COLLEGE for as long as there are records, every day, Monday to Friday starting at 4:30am. HSR Staff – past and present, along with the City of Hamilton leadership team and Council will be celebrating Maurice and his steadfast dedication, commitment and love of his job with formal festivities on Monday, August 19 from 12 noon to 2 pm at the Mountain Transit Center, where there will be special guest and partnership announcements.

More train service added for West Harbour GO Station

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Today it was announced that 84 more GO train trip are being added and 65 existing train trips each week are being extended across GO Transit’s network to bring more rush-hour, midday and evening service.

“We’re delivering on our promise to expand transit in Ontario by offering more service, more trains and more choice for GO customers,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation.

The changes are another step in the GO expansion program. GO Transit is doubling rush-hour service for West Harbour GO, and weekend Niagara service will now run all year, though these trains will continue to bypass West Harbour GO Station in Hamilton.

Service added to Hamilton includes:

44 RYMAL extended north to Walmart in September

Beginning Fall 2019, route 44 RYMAL will be extended to service Walmart on Centennial Parkway just south of the QEW. Customers along the corridor between Eastgate Square and Walmart will benefit from 30 minute frequencies in non-peak mid-day service periods, 20 minute frequencies in am and pm peak service periods, and 1 hour frequencies in the night-time service period.

Customers along the corridor will also benefit from expanded hours to match the current route 44 RYMAL span of approximately 5:30 am to 12:30 am Monday through Saturday and 6 am to 12 midnight on Sundays.

The extension greatly exceeds the current service span and frequency of 56 CENTENNIAL.

Burlington Transit making big changes come September

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Burlington Transit is making some significant changes come September. Beginning on September 1st, 2019, Burlington Transit will make big changes to the transit system, including the introduction of new routes, schedules and frequencies.

Burlington Transit is moving more towards a transit system that operates on a grid network, with bus service along the city’s most-travelled roads in an east-west and north-south direction. The city states that establishing a grid network will create a transit network with more frequent and better-connected service to help meet the mobility needs of the community.

For the most part operating on a grid network eases confusion of the network as a whole and making navigating to and from destinations much easier.

HSR Fare Increase effective September 1st, 2019

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As part of the ten year transit strategy, HSR fares are increasing effective September 1st, 2019. The increases are a continuation of the Ten Year (2015-2024) Local Transit Strategy.

Authorized ticket and pass vendors will begin to sell 2019-2020 Tickets in mid-August with a new expiry date of August 31, 2020 and which should be used effective September 1, 2019.

The fare increases are detailed below.